A Minneapolis police officer was charged with murder after his automobile struck and killed the uncle of Darnella Frazier, the minor who filmed George Floyd’s murder.
Prosecutors in Hennepin County charged Officer Brian Cummings with manslaughter and vehicular homicide on Friday (Oct. 22) in the murder of Leneal Frazier, who was killed on July 6 when his car was hit by Cummings’ police car. According to the Minneapolis Police Department, the crash occurred when officers were attempting to apprehend a person suspected of driving a stolen vehicle and committing a series of robberies.
Frazier’s Jeep allegedly entered an intersection on a green signal, just missing the robbery suspect’s automobile. Cummings’ car, on the other hand, struck him on the driver’s side.
According to Forbes, Cummings failed “to drive his car with reasonable consideration for the safety of other motorists” according to an accident reconstruction study.
In a statement, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman stated, “Police are meant to protect and serve residents, and to operate in a way consistent with their sworn obligation to do so.” “Officer Cummings’ acts were contrary to his oath, and his incompetence resulted in Leneal Frazier’s death.”
Darnella, who received an honorary Pulitzer Prize for “courageously filming” Floyd’s death, took to Facebook in July to express her grief. She wrote, “Another Black man has died at the hands of the police!” “The Minneapolis Police Department has caused a significant loss to my entire family.”
She also posted a link to a GoFundMe page where people can donate money to help with Frazier’s burial expenses.
“Leneal was a family man with a tremendous heart, the biggest heart anyone could ever have.” “He would help anyone, at any time, under any scenario,” the crowdfunding site’s page stated. “He has [six] children and [one] grandchild,” says the obituary. Because he was the oldest of [five] siblings, he was naturally their protector. He was devoted to his loved ones. He enjoys cooking and barbecuing, as well as spending as much time as possible with his family. He was one of the most charming persons you’ll ever meet.”